The Vikings Antoine Winfield hit Vick early and often in this game. And it seemed Vick never got in a rhythm.
After Snowgate forced the Birds Sunday match up to Tuesday instead there is one major conclusion. It looks like the Eagles don’t play well on Tuesday nights.
Andy Reid summed it up best:
“An absolutely pathetic job on my part on getting my team ready to play,” he said after the game while falling on the sword per normal.
And a three to none turnover ratio didn't help Reid's Birds.
Vick seemed to wear down after being hit time and time again by a blitzing Vikings defense. On the day he was named the NFC starting Pro Bowl QB, Vick went 25 for 41 passing for 263 yards, a score and an interception. He could have easily been picked off another three times as he kept throwing off his mark.
The lousy performance could have had something to do with a thigh contusion that Vick suffered on the first play of the game.
Vick did gain 63 yards on the ground including a TD but he was also sacked six times and lost two fumbles -- one of which was returned for Minnesota's first score.
Joe Webb, who stepped in for concussed QB Brett Favre, wound up doing what the veteran Vick couldn’t do -- protect the ball. The rookie out of UAB threw for only 195 yards and no scores but he rushed for 32 yards and a score. Most importantly the greenhorn had no turnovers.
The only real positives for the Eagles were a seven-tackle performance (including a few TD-saving tackle) from rookie safety Kurt Coleman and re-emergence of tight end Brent Celek who had 10 grabs for 97 yards.
The Birds also again lost another defensive player. DT Jeff Owens, making his NFL debut after spending the season on the practice squad ruptured his left patellar tendon and is likely done for the year.
At least the loss means the 10-5 Eagles -- locked into the No. 3 seed in the NFC -- can now rest their starters in the finale against the Cowboys and not be forced to play for seeding on four days rest. Expect to see plenty of Kevin Kolb, Riley Cooper, Jerome Harrison and Clay Harbor on offense Sunday.